Miscellaneous Aspects and Concluding Remarks

Before proceeding to the business end of the review, we take a small detour to analyze the miscellaneous aspects of the Thecus N2310. The unit comes along with a backup software on the CD that simplifies setting up periodical backup tasks to the NAS for Windows users. The NAS has Apple Time Machine support for users with Mac systems. The other praiseworthy aspect is the T-OnTheGo mobile app (for both iOS and Android). With WebDAV enabled in the NAS, it makes it easy to have access to the NAS files through either the local network or the Internet. We already gave it lot of praise in our review of the N2560, and the behaviour with the N2310 is no different. As already mentioned, the Plex app also enables media server features. Adding to the positive aspects is the excellent performance in terms of data transfer rates (given the price and the platform).

The power consumption of the unit under various scenarios and the RAID rebuild time (for the one applicable case - RAID 1 reconstruction) are provided in the table below. These numbers were obtained while using the 4 TB WD Re disks.

Thecus N2310 RAID Rebuild / Power Consumption
Activity Duration Avg. Power Consumption
Idle (Disks Spun Down)   5.02 W
4TB JBOD Initialization (Single Disk)   14.14 W
4TB RAID-1 Rebuild (Replace 1 of 2 Disks) 12h 41m 25s 25.80 W

The unit has a MSRP of $150. At that price point, the main competitor is the Synology DS214se. The latter has only 256 MB of RAM (compared to the 512 MB in the N2310). So, on the whole, Thecus is really targeting this unit at the entry level folks by pushing down the price quite a bit while providing better specifications on paper. Though we haven't reviewed the DS214se, we have enough faith in Synology's OS and efforts to believe that the unit would have completed our benchmarking suite without any problems. Our issue with the N2310 lies in that aspect.

We found the street price to be much lower ($134 on Amazon and $126 on Newegg as of review date). At that price point, readers may also begin to consider the sub-$100 2-bay offerings (such as those from ZyXEL) that appear regularly on the deal sites.

The consumer NAS segment is growing at a fast clip, and vendors such as Synology and QNAP have a very attractive and stable user interface / user experience. If Thecus wants to stay relevant in this market segment, they should concentrate more on just price alone. The entire firmware (starting with the kernel version - even Western Digital, a relative newcomer to this market segment, uses a more recent version) needs overhauling to improve stability and performance. The lesser said about the UI, the better. The Thecus N2310 will probably work well as a basic entry-level or backup NAS. However, given our benchmarking travails, we will let our readers be the judge on applicability under other scenarios.

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  • PEJUman - Monday, July 7, 2014 - link

    nothing I assume... I simply have more windows licenses than PC nowadays.
    For me it's familiarity, a USB 3.0 flashdrive can install win 7/8 in about 15 minutes (to login screen and updates). No google-fu required.
  • tuxRoller - Monday, July 7, 2014 - link

    Ah. Well, if you're interested, freenas seems to be what nearly everyone chooses. It's biggest advantage is that it supports zfs, but it also has a really nice web gui management tool.

  • PEJUman - Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - link

    been hearing good stuff on both zfs and freenas. although I admit that I haven't looked at it since last year.
    Thanks for reminding me, reading the link now... :D
  • tuxRoller - Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - link

    NP. Hope it's helpful!
  • PEJUman - Monday, July 7, 2014 - link

    yeap! I understand where you're coming from.
    Disk WILL fail. just a matter of when. I went full circle on this, single disk, RAID 0, 1, 5, JBOD, flexraid, shitty space (also know as storage space).

    Now I am on a RAID 0 hard disks with SSD caching on storage, SSD with RAM caching of network attached scratch/landing drive. Both backed with once every 48 hrs hot storage.

    I finally learn that my storage need will continue to evolve and currently nothing beats 6-8 SATA/USB 3.0 flexibility for expansion, recovery, rebuilds, helping a friend with a drive clone, etc.
  • vol7ron - Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - link

    What's the difference in power consumption?
  • basroil - Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - link

    Any hope for iSCSI tests? More often than not these devices are used by people who ran out of space on their desktop rather than need file sharing.
  • ganeshts - Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - link

    Already mentioned in the review that the unit doesn't support iSCSI or encryption (given target market).

    We do iSCSI evaluation for all NAS units that we review (provided it is supported by the vendor)
  • Fallout552 - Friday, July 11, 2014 - link

    Might be a dumb question here, but could someone explain the the testing methodology for NAS when the listings state 2x HD Stream and 1x HD Stream? I assume it's more than one device streaming simultaneously, but the more streams seem to increase the throughput?

    NAS newbie here.

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